6 Myths About Smart Homes

6 Myths About Smart Homes

Smart homes are one of the many developments that are moving us forward in the technology world. Unfortunately, because smart homes are new, many people have their own misconception about what they are and why they exist. For those who don’t know, a smart home is a regular home that incorporates devices that have some level of connectivity like a thermostat or lights that can be controlled with your smartphone. These devices are called smart home products that enhance a home’s living experience. Here are 6 common misconceptions about smart homes. 

 

6 Myths About Smart Homes

1) Smart Homes Are Gimmicky 

It’s common for new technology to be questioned at first whether it's a gimmick or not. It is good to be skeptical and show a bit of restraint and caution because trends are always changing and some technology can fail. In this case, many can agree that smart home products do exhibit signs of gimmickry, however, that is not the case for some smart home products that are worth investing in like a gas detector, energy-saving thermostat, and even a security system. Although you can probably skip out on the smart shades, smart lighting, and self-vacuum. 

2) Smart Homes Are Extremely Expensive

Another reason people are hesitant about smart homes is the stigma of how expensive they can be. This isn’t cheap, but when you think about it, it’s not that expensive either. If you only focused on the most practical items and stayed mindful of budget, having a smart home would cost over $1,000 for a full setup, and up to $4,000 if you splurged for luxury options. There are plenty of affordable smart home options. Just be smart about the one which you need and not need. If you don’t know which items to buy, we highly recommend an energy-saving thermostat, proximity-based security locks, smart surveillance systems, and moisture and humidity sensors. These products are in place to help protect and save you from costly utilities. 

3) Smart Homes Are for the Tech-Savvy 

This is a common myth that acts as a barrier to some people who think smart technology is an idea that will be too complicated. However, the vast majority of devices are wireless and exemplify plug-and-play simplicity. All you need to do is download an app to your smartphone and set up your smart devices. Once you’ve got your devices connected to your home WiFi network, just follow the one screen instructions in-app and you will be free to control your devices any way you like from anywhere. Some wired thermostats need to be hooked up to an HVAC system that calls for more expertise like Alltek Systems Design.

4) Every Home Should Be a Smart Home

With new technology, people will feel pressure to automate their home even if it doesn’t make sense. Don’t fall into the idea that you absolutely need a smart home. While home automation can make your life easier, safer, and more convenient, doesn’t mean this lifestyle is for everyone. Most modern apartments already come equipped with energy-saving thermostats and smart appliances, however, if you are renting an apartment that does not, it doesn’t make sense to start installing hardwired devices. Check with your landlord before you make big changes. If you are tempted to turn your home into a smart home, ask yourself what you are hoping to achieve from investing in a smart home. Be confident enough to resist if it doesn’t make the best solution for you. 

5) Smart Homes Make You Safe and Ensure Privacy

If you want to upgrade your doorbell to a smart doorbell with a security camera, you may want to do a little research on the devices before purchasing. Smart doorbells and security systems work great in suburban neighborhoods, but not accessible if you are living in an apartment. Yes, they do provide some sort of safety measures and peace of mind when you are away at home, but cybersecurity flaws can occur. Many cases involve invasions of privacy that are breached by hackers and even the device’s company that compromises your data. This is the risk you will be taking when setting up smart security devices. If you are particularly conscious about privacy, avoid devices with a camera or microphone. You would highly be a victim of any kind of cyber-attack. 

That is not a reason to avoid smart home technology. Talk to your trusted smart home installer about how to be protected against cybersecurity issues. 

6) Smart Home Are Not an Investment

This depends on how you consider an investment. For us, investment in any smart device makes your life quicker, safer, or more accessible. Smart homes can increase both the desirability and overall price if you are looking to sell your home. If not, you can benefit by using those smart devices yourself. 

Alltek Systems Design Smart Home Technology

If you are looking into installing smart home devices, Alltek Systems Design can help you turn your home into a smart home. With experience in designing and installing solutions to your home or commercial building in Asheville, North Carolina, we provide installation, maintenance, service, and training. Our mission is to provide the best electronic systems solution for your home or business. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.